The Third Symposium Report
The 3rd JIEPP Symposium was held online on Friday, March 5, 2021 from 13:30. The purpose of this symposium was to further evolve the discussions on Japan-India exchange and industry-university collaboration by utilizing the lessons learned from the first and second symposiums. By sharing the diverse and cutting-edge good practices in the industry-academia collaborations, the participants were able to exchange opinions on the role that the platform required to expand and deepen the industry-academia collaboration based on Japan-India exchange on a global scale.
The online symposium was viewed by 115 people, who were mainly from universities and companies. Professor Satoshi Watanabe of the Graduate School of Engineering served as the general moderator.
Following the opening remarks by Professor Hiroaki Aihara, Executive Vice President of UTokyo and Director General of the Global Campus Promotion Division, Ms. Michi Yoshioka, Deputy Director, Higher Education Bureau, Policy Division, Office for International Planning, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and H.E. Mr. Sanjay Kumar Verma, Ambassador of India to Japan, gave congratulatory remarks.
by Prof. Teruo Fujii (Executive Vice President, UTokyo)
In the keynote speech titled “The University of Tokyo Future Society Initiatives” by Professor Teruo Fujii, Executive Vice President of the University of Tokyo
In the panel discussion which followed, Professor Masahide Horita of the Graduate School of Frontier Sciences of UTokyo acted as moderator, and was joined by Ms. Norie Kobayashi, Coordinator of the IITM-NUT Office at Nagaoka University of Technology, Professor Hiroyuki Koyama, Associate Director of Organization for Promotion of Glocalization and Head of Glocalization Promotion Division at Gifu University, and Mr. Tetsuya Nakamura, Chief Digital Innovation Officer & Vice President of Tata Consultancy Services Japan, as panelists.
The panelists first introduced case studies of their own organizations' initiatives, followed by a discussion.
Closing Remark & Summary
Prof. Naoto Sekimura, Vice President of UTokyo, summarized things at the end of the symposium. Prof. Sekimura explained that the key points for building a platform gained since the first symposium held in 2018 were (1) linking university initiatives, (2) linking the regions of Japan and India, and (3) cooperating with industry, and that this symposium provided good practices and prospects for each of these points. He explained that this symposium was to show the good practices and prospects for each of these points. He also pointed out that while industry and universities do not necessarily place the emphasis on the same things, it is important to build a cooperative relationship. He said that it is important for universities to find universality in diversity and to develop Japan-India exchange based on intellectual exchange.
He also appreciated the fact that the symposium was able to connect networks of networks by getting people who already have networks to interact online in the face of the COVID-19 calamity. He concluded by expressing his hopes for the development of a platform based on such activities, which will become extremely important in the post- COVID-19 era.